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December 8, 2008

LuX to replace Xanadu

LuXHere's a big shocker: There's a new high-end club coming to 10 S. Calvert St.!

It's called Lux. Here is the club's MySpace site.

No word on exactly when LuX will open, though they are accepting reservations for a New Year's Eve party.

But who knows how long LuX will last? It's changed hands a lot in the past couple years.

Club X Ultra Lounge opened there in late 2005, which was replaced by a new Club X Ultra Lounge, which was replaced by Xanadu which is going to be replaced by LuX ...

You get the picture.

Notice how each of these clubs has an X in the name. After Club X Ultra Lounge closed, the new owners never bothered to take down the big metal Xs on the front of the building. I guess they figured it's easier to start a new club with the letter X in its name than to trash the metal signs. Heh.

But I just wonder -- what makes people so willing to keep sinking money into this particular spot? I mean, look at its track record!

Well, I wish LuX the best. But I can't help but be a little hestitant about its chances -- given the building's history.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:09 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Wasn't that 'Dubai,' after Xanadu (part of the failed joint Palma venture)?

Yes! I totally forgot about Dubai! Wow, how quick they come and go.

These club owner wannabes need to check their egos and wake up to the reality of "high end" clubs in Baltimore. They are a joke and don't work.

Great, just great. Another destined-to-fail-based-on-reputation club in Baltimore.

With recent closings and discontinuations of providing live music, one of these club owners should look into the local music scene and push for a large local music venue... save money on the interior design and put more money toward great sound... perfect combo!

They must really want to keep those X's for some reason.

I'm totally going to go over there one night and be the only person there and dance my face off and take lots and lots of pictures.

and then i'm going to steal one of those X's and put it on the hood of my car and call it the X MOBILE

Should have named it "SUX"


AC-M! Nice new initial. How was the wedding?

Thanks! I really struggled with how to identify myself; straight up AM, ACM, I thought the dash was a nice touch. The wedding was SUPER SONIC AWESOME. Get married in Vegas, Sam, trust me - it's the best! We had about 50 people, the ceremony was maybe 10 minutes but in a really pretty setting and still with all the choking emotion necessary, and then we had an awesome dinner after as our "reception." We had dinner at a restaurant in Hard Rock, so they hooked our party up with free admission to the clubs after. We all just went and danced the night away after dinner. MEGA low stress and so fun, really got to hang out with the people who were important to us. Destination is the way to go! Thanks for asking. :)

another name at the jinxed place to X out in the near future


That's the next name jinX!!

This club actually has a soft opening this saturday (acording to myspace) and is run by Tony (another fired GM of Cordish... Rockbar). I hear it will be a nice restaurant & lounge/ club. Good luck, that is a tough spot.

A visit to their MySpace page reveals
"LuX - Baltimore is having a sneak peek this Saturday. Msg for guest list!!"
"LuX" (Latin for "Light") is Baltimore's newest upscale, full service eatery and ultra chic night club."*
"LuX - Baltimore has 840 friends." Which is interesting for a place not yet open.

* ultra chic tends to invoke the notion of pretentious degree of style over substance, exclusive new money glitz.



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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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